Ex-Philly traffic supervisor sentenced to 2 years for mail, wire fraud, lying to investigators

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PHILADELPHIA — A former Philadelphia Traffic Court official has been sentenced to two years in prison for his role in what prosecutors called a wide-ranging ticket-fixing conspiracy.

Former court supervisor William Hird was sentenced Monday in federal court. The 69-year-old defendant pleaded guilty in January to 18 counts of mail and wire fraud and lying to investigators.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the sentence was on par with the harshest term imposed on any of his former bosses, and the judge said that was because his plea left him with convictions on 18 counts including conspiracy, mail and wire fraud as well as lying to the FBI.

In the wake of the indictments, the traffic court has been abolished and its functions transferred to the city's municipal court.

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